Final specs on The Ring and Ringu

More information has become available on the upcoming special edition of the horror hit The Ring as well as the Japanese film that inspired it Ringu, both coming soon from DreamWorks SKG.

It begins as just another urban legend – the whispered tale of nightmarish videotape that causes anyone who watches it to die seven days later. But when four teenagers all meet with mysterious deaths exactly one week after watching just such a tape, investigative reporter Rachel Keller tracks down the video… and watches it. Now, the legend is coming true, the clock is ticking and Rachel has just seven days to unravel the mystery of The Ring.

The disc will present the film in both anamorphic widescreen and fullscreen with the audio choices of Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1. The primary feature of the DVD will be an all-new 15-minute experimental short film created by director Gore Verbinski exclusively for the video release. The short film reveals more electrifying secrets that bring viewers closer to understanding the mystery of “the Ring.”

Also hitting shelves is “Ringu”, based on a series of best-selling novels by Koji Suzuki – considered the Stephen King of Japan. It was first brought to the Japanese public’s attention by a TV feature that starred many of the actors who went on to appear in the theatrical version. The TV movie proved incredibly popular, and from there a screenplay was written by Hiroshi Takahashi directly from the original novel.

The Ringu DVD will have no fancy extras but will present the film in its original anamorphic widescreen and Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1. Optional English subtitles will be available.

Both The Ring and Ringu will arrive on DVD March 4th and will be priced at $19.95 and $29.95 respectively.

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